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As the ETF industry continues to develop, many investors have begun to move away from the more “traditional” funds in favor of ETFs that employ unique methodologies that are aimed at delivering potentially higher returns. Of the most noteworthy and popular innovations has been the development of alternative weighting strategies, specifically the RAFI methodology [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Advisor Should Learn].

Several years ago, Research Affiliates, a global lead in innovative investing and asset allocation strategies, developed the fundamentally-weighted indexes that utilize the RAFI methodology. Now there are nearly 20 different exchange-traded products that are linked to RAFI-weighted indexes. But before taking a look at the performance of these popular funds, a fundamental understanding of the unique methodology is essential.  [click to continue…]

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June was another interesting month for markets around the world as a number of important events transpired over the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve meeting came and went without much of a hitch as Bernanke called for the end of QE at the end of the month but suggested that the economy was still too weak to consider raising rates any time soon. While this was undoubtedly an important event, investors focused in on the euro zone and the ongoing debt crisis rocking many of the peripheral members. The focus was especially on Greece, as Athens debated on the merits of another round of austerity measures before voting them in by a slim five vote margin in the final days of June. This helped to ease investor concerns heading into the second half of the year, allowing the S&P 500 to gain back much of the losses that it experienced in the first half of the month, but nevertheless finished down just under 2.2% for the period.

The month also kept up the impressive pace that we have seen for new fund launches; more than 40 new ETFs have been launched since the start of June. This exceeds May’s 39 launches and ties April’s total, meaning that over 120 new products have hit the market in the past 90 days. [click to continue…]

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A Dead Cat Bounce?

by on June 18, 2011

The last week was an up-and-down stretch for global equity markets, as the intensifying crisis in Greece dominated headlines and investors scrambled to analyze the potential fallout from what seems increasingly likely to be a default on sovereign debt obligations. The jump in equity markets–which snapped a six week losing streak–wasn’t really attributable to good […]

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PowerShares, one of the largest ETF issuers by assets, made the latest step in its push towards alternative index products on Thursday. The company converted seven existing products from its “Dynamic” ETF suite to Fundamental Pure Style ETFs that seek to replicate RAFI benchmarks. In addition the company will introduce two new ETFs, including the […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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PowerShares, the Chicagoland ETF issuer behind the ultra-popular QQQ that has expanded its presence in the alternative weighting arena in recent years, has plans to significantly expand its partnership with Research Affiliates, the firm that developed the RAFI methodology. Next month, PowerShares will convert seven existing products from its “Dynamic” ETF suite to Fundamental Pure […]

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